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Everyday housewives, your dreams have come true. Glen Campbell's brush with the law last month won't keep him from taking his Rhinestone Christmas extravaganza on the road. The Cowboy, who was arrested for driving drunk and leaving the scene of an accident, is also accused of giving one of the officers a charley horse, but if that's true (he's pleading innocent), it's out of character: Campbell's always been a smoothie and an entertainer, not an outlaw. Expect chestnuts of both the Christmas and the Campbell varieties, including "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy," packaged with the telegenic charm Campbell brought to his prime-time variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, in the early 70s. Expect some fancy fretwork too: while he's best known for his easygoing solo stuff, Campbell's guitar playing is featured on a host of pop records, including the Monkees' hit "I'm a Believer" and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, not to mention cuts by Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and the Mamas & the Papas. He even toured with the Beach Boys as a bassist after Brian Wilson became, er, indisposed. A Rhinestone Christmas doesn't come cheap--tickets run between $50 and $75--but it does offer the prospect of intergenerational harmony, if only for a night. And the spectacle of it too: Campbell's daughter Debby will perform with him. Saturday, December 20, 8 PM, the Hemmens, 150 Dexter, Elgin; 847-931-5900.


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